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Refectory Reading

Douai Abbey: The Monastery of St Edmund, King & Martyr
Published by in News · 21 May 2018
We are often asked what books are read aloud during our meals in the monastic refectory. At present at lunch we are reading The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan (2015), which adopts a non-eurocentric viewpoint to history.

At supper we have just begun Edmund: In Search of England's Lost King by Francis Young (2018). a book of obvious relevance to our community. The title is deliberately ambiguous, referring both to the author's conclusion that the lost body of St Edmund can be found in the ruins of the abbey of Bury St Edmunds, and his attempt to uncover the central role once played by St Edmund in the very concept of "Englishness" and English identity as a nation. It is well worth reading and can be ordered direct from the publisher or, as they say, at all good bookstores.



 DIVINE OFFICE & MASS
- All services are in the abbey church -
0620 - Matins & Lauds (English)
0745 - Weekday Conventual Mass
(1100 - Sunday Conventual Mass)
1250 - Midday Office (English)
1800 - Vespers (Latin Gregorian Chanrt)
2000 - Compline (English, Weds in Latin)
-No public Compline on Sundays/Holy Days-
LOCATION
Douai Abbey
Upper Woolhampton
Reading, Berkshire
RG7 5TQ, United Kingdom

Visitor Enquiries: 0118 9715 399


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